Meech, winner of the Grand Prix,
© Pixizone / X. Boudon.
Basse Normandie Grand Prix : Beautiful harvest for the "kiwi"
Daniel Meech !
a forecast had had to be given this morning, no one would
not have bet on the victory of a New Zealander in the Caen
Basse Normandie Grand Prix. It is indeed young Daniel Meech
who carries the trophy so much coveted, in front of an original
start list, where the favourites had the hard life.
informed observers had perhaps noticed him at the time of
the CSI *** of Saint Lô last weekend. His good performances
were obviously not the fruit of the chance, and Daniel Meech
showed with best than it is always necessary to believe in
it. Riding Diagonal, a Westphalian 9 years old dark bay male,
Daniel had already exulted when he obtained his qualification
for the jump-off. A joy in measurement of the difficulties
suggested by the course of Jean-Paul Lepetit, international
course designer, who had not haggled over the technicality
of the layout and the dimensions of the fences. " It's
a real big Grand Prix course ", said Eric Navet, team
world champion, who had been spectator of the class. After
the passage of the " kiwi ", our team world champion
Reynald Angot, then Dominique Mascella-Robert, and finally
Florian Angot realized a clear round in the first en première
round. On the whole, they were ten to qualify on 61 at the
beginning (a new record !).
Meech, surprised star of a high level jump-off
Angot, 2nd place. © Pixizone / X Boudon.
with four representatives held the good end. But no one is not
supposed to be unaware of the law (sport law), quite severe
sometimes. German Hauke Luther had launched the hostilities
by carrying out the first double clear round in spite of his
role of opener. With less than 40 seconds, he placed the bar
rather high. Grégory Whatelet wanted to play the game
with its Selle Français stallion Eclair des Bois (winner
of the class n°2 on Friday), but his fellow traveller answered
him " NO ". Eliminated for two stops. Change of continent,
direction Mexico with Jaime Guerra, one accustomed of the European
events, true outsider him too. And it was firmly that he defended
his chances with Jente, a pretty Dutch mare, obtaining a clear
round, faster than H. Luther. Here are which made rising the
First French to be sprung, Patrice Delaveau,
and his Envoyé Spécial. Well started, the couple
made the fault of too. Time if not would have placed them in
front. Was going one to have a historical victory from Mexico
in Caen ?
champion of regularity
Hughes (Ireland), crowned best rider of the show, could not improve
the score, a small stupid fault of her beautiful grey Heritage Fortunus
made fly away her hopes. Belgium and Dirk Demeersman, in spite of
splendid clear round of his grey stallion Clinton, remained behind.
More than four riders, including three french. Good drawing? Daniel
Meech for the New Zealand launched out to the attack of the jum-off
with the firm intention to win. Diagonal followed him to the letter,
a true osmosis is established between the two accomplices during
the few moments of the course. 37.71 seconds, time to beat ! He
couldn't get over it, and us either ! What was going to try the
French ? Everything, of course. To start with Reynald Angot on Tlaloc
M, a couple team world champion among fastest of the circuit. It
was indeed best time
. but with a small fault of posterior.
Dominique Mascella-Robert and Auleto came very close to accident
in the double. And Florian Angot, with the stallion of the National
Stud farm of St Lô First de Launay*HN, tried the whole for
the whole. Clear round
..and 8 hundredths of too ! " I
had left to win, sincerely, but the stopwatch was not with me today,
it is a little irritating, the more so as the horse is in a splendid
form " told us the Norman rider. Daniel Meech then enjoyed
his well deserved victory. 29 years old, he lives in Europe since
1995. Installed in Germany, he followed a long time the lessons
of the well know Dutch rider Emile Heindrickx. From now on only
master on board his stable, sponsored by Klaas, he largely contributed
to the qualification of his country for the Olympic Games of Athens
next year. For once, Daniel is not a green kiwi !
Navet saves the honor
team world champion, born in Calvados, had chosen not to run the
Grand Prix with the beautiful Dollar du Mûrier*HDS. "
Dollar has horror of the indoor events, that makes him insane. I
think that he is claustrophobic. I thus decided to leave him at
rest until Spring ", he explained us. Thus, he counts much
on his new horses, whose Gentleman Platière is the spearhead.
For proof, the couple won in very difficult Petit Grand Prix Viacom,
where not less than 96 riders took the departure. Judged in two
rounds, in which wuarter of the start list could take part, this
one made damage. 12 eliminations, 5 abandons, it was far from quiet
walk. Fourteen couples carried out the first round without fault,
and only four left track with a virgin score at the end of the second.
The beautiful tread of the bai Gentleman Water-splash was right,
with the detriment of the simplest galantery, the ambitions of three
talented women who illuminated this weekend. Alice Debany Clero
(USA - 2nd with Jumbo), Marley Goodman (USA - 3rd with Mr Acobat)
and Judy-Ann Melchior (BEL - 4th with Espoir Z) really created sensation.
" It was time nevertheless", acknowledged Eric Navet,
quite glad to leave Caen with a victory.
International Jumping of Caen closes hardly its doors that already
the organizers Xavier and Huguette Mayaud think of the edition 2004.
The assessment of these four days is with the height of the authorized
efforts. The public came many, that it is with jumping or the spectacle,
which was full every evening. 2003 was was an exceptional vintage
regarding to the riders, with great names of world show jumping.
And the work cut down by the team of more than one hundred people
reached tops. A top which completed the officialization of the partnership
between the Région Basse Normandie and the CHIO of Aachen
Sunday midday. In the presence of Region's President René
Garrec, and of Franck Kempermann, General manager of Aachen, Mecque
of the equestrian sports, the pact was signed. In 2004, the Basse
Normandie region will be the guest of honor of the famous German
contest, and will send to it a delegation of almost one hundred
horses, and 150 people. The whole of course in the hope to convince
the persons in charge for the International Equestrian Federation
to allot to the region the organization of 2010World Equestrian
Games. A new challenge that all support, including the foreign riders
of the Grand Prix, who signed in favour of yes. A splendid sporting
spirit floated in the air of the park expo on sunday !
Sunday classes results
N°9 - Prix Viacom
1- Eric Navet (FRA) / Gentleman Platière / 0+0 pt / 42.64s
2- Alice Debany Clero (USA) / Jumbo / 0+0 pt / 46.21s
3- Marley Goodman (USA) / Mr Acobat / 0+0 pt / 46.36s
4- Judy-Ann Melchior (BEL) / Espoir Z / 0+0 pt / 50.87s
5- Patrice Delaveau (FRA) / Hoggar Mail / 1+0 pt / 52.23s
6- Frederik Cattebeke (BEL) / Lute / 1+0 pt / 54.03s
N°10 - Grand Prix Caen Basse Normandie
1- Daniel Meech (NZL) / Diagonal / 0+0 pt / 37.71s
2- Florian Angot (FRA) / First de Launay*HN / 0+0 pt / 37.79s
3- Jaime Guerra (MEX) / Jente / 0+0 pt / 38.82s
4- Dirk Demeersman (BEL) / Clinton / 0+0 pt / 39s
5- Hauke Luther (GER) / Index 79 / 0+0 pt / 39.80s
6- Reynald Angot (FRA) / Tlaloc M / 0+4 pts / 37.17s
7- Patrice Delaveau (FRA) / Envoyé Spécial / 0+4 pts
8- Marion Hugues (IRL) / Heritage Fortunus / 0+4 pts / 45.11s
9- Gregory Wathelet (BEL) / Éclair des Bois / 0+Elim.
10- Dominique Mascella Robert (FRA) / Auleto / 0+Ab.
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